There’s a lot to do in the fens today for children of all ages; there are indoor, outdoor, high and low energy activities.
Visit the Butterfly and Wildlife Park near Long Sutton. This wonderful attraction offers a fantastic tropical house containing a wide selection of rare butterflies and birds and you can also see many more animals from dragons to birds of prey, water buffalo to crocodiles and goats to raccoons. The wildlife park also has many other facilities including a miniature golf course, adventure play ground with electric ride-on tractors, tea rooms and wildflower walks. Visit www.butterflyandwildlifepark.co.uk for more information.
For some fun for the little ones why not take a trip to the various soft play areas, where your children can play in a safe and secure environment, all with indoor and outdoor play areas. There are a number of places in the fens which offer this service, these are;
Fun Farm – Weston
Fun Farm – Grantham
Play Barn – Spalding
Play Towers – Boston
Play2day – Guyhirn
Ever wanted to race on a wide selection of famous race tracks from Donington Park to Silverstone? If so the place for you is scalextric racing tracks located just outside of Spalding, race your favorite slot cars on a number of famous British courses.
A new addition to the complex are the Q-pods, these are simply quad bikes with the added protection of a roll cage and windscreen. Visit www.scalextric–racing.co.uk for more information.
For a more educational experience why not visit one of the fens many museums.
The Gordon Boswell Romany museum in Spalding is home to Britain’s largest collection of Romany Vardo’s, Carts and Harnesses. The Museum is unique experiences for all the family; visitors are invited to a slide show and a talk about the Romany way of life. Visit www.boswell-romany-museum.com for more information.
Or why not visit the Pinchbeck Engine Museum and discover how these fascinating machines worked, how they were operated, and have a guided tour of the whole premises. Also don’t miss a talk on how the Fens are drained in this day in age. Call 01775 725861 for further information.
Ayscoughfee Hall Museum hosts a fascination insight into the past. With two floors of displays, artwork and interactive exhibits allows visitors of all ages to take a trip into the historical lives of people who have lived in this area. See the recreated Victorian kitchens and an impressive 19th centenary library. Discover how the land was reclaimed from the incoming sea and how this changed the lives of people who lived around the area.
Ayscoughfee is also home to its own prize winning gardens. Among the attractions of the garden there are a 18th centenary ice house, ornamental lake and a war memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The Ayscoughfee experience is one to be enjoyed by the whole family. Visit www.ayscoughfee.org
FENSCAPE – the interactive visitor attraction
Discover the Fens through interactive and audio visual displays, interpretive sculptures, theatrical sets, graphic panels and more….
Each display brings to life a particular aspect of the Fens unique past and involves the audience in issues and choices faced by the people that were involved in what we see today.
The Fen landscape is ideal area for cycling and walking for all abilities and there are many mapped routes which can be found in the Fens Walking and Cycling guide. The flat and quiet winding roads offer some stunning views, wildlife can be seen in the verges and fields with small villages that offer refreshments along the way.